KHALIQ: common challenges faced by a college student

1. Peer pressure – Peer pressure can strongly influence your behaviour at the college from course choices, eating particular food to even fashion. It is complicated. Usually, peer pressure is negative, but there is always another side of the coin. Humans show diversity in their attitudes and behaviour. You can learn to better your skills from others or change your point of views. Peers might even inspire you to bring about a constructive change in your life. All you have to do is to be open enough to accept those changes. Don’t make a wrong decision when under peer pressure; you may end up in deep sorrow. 

2. Debt – From day one in your college to the last day, the most worrisome thing you will have after your courses and exams on your shoulders is debt. You can deal with debt in three different ways: fast forward to your graduation by taking extra classes. Student services can allow students to take more courses in exceptional cases, or how about taking courses during summer. You can go to a college where the tuition fee is lower, and grants/scholarships are provided; however, you need to research this thoroughly. Second, create a realistic budget for your college life and try to save a little from every paycheque of your part-time job. Some jobs even offer more than a paycheck, a tip, discount on clothing or even a discount resident place if you are working as a resident assistant. 

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3. Bullying at school – Sadly, bullying does not end in high school. In college, cyberbullying is on the rise. You should continue to build your self-esteem, resiliency or assertive skills. Make sure to talk to college authorities if you or you see someone dealing with bullying. Bullied students tend to often stay silent about these pressing issues. Don’t stay quiet. 

4. Disinterest in a course – you will go through this at least once in your student life. First, take a course that interests you. If the class is full, then you try to find another course with a teacher that you really enjoy. If nothing works, welcome to adults life! You have to deal with a not-so-happy situation, but you can still make it more fun. Try to find out what is causing less motivation and talk to your professor. Talking with a classmate or a teacher always helps. 

Amna Khaliq is a Business Management Instructor at Northern Lights College. In her spare time, she likes traveling, cooking, reading and working out.

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